Re: Mounting CNC Lathe and Vertical Mill Base
- Every machine shop I've been in had wooden benches so you wouldn't bang up parts and tooling. I don't see the fire hazard. If you must use metal, try 3/4" mic-6 aluminum tooling plates with rubber feet, for each machine. If you have to have a metal table, make it as thick as you can get, or bolt something with mass underneath.
I've always had hardwood boards with rubber feet under my Sherline lathes and mills, but I've just gotten some 3/4" mic-6 for my 2000 mill so I can have alternate mounting positions for the column. My bench is 1-1/2" MDF.
- A steel top can be a very nice place to stick a mag base indicator for setup and as a kind of 'DRO' for measuring actual movement, particularly good behind the lathe to accurately turn diameters.
Any commercial grade metal top workbench ought to be fine. A wood base in a commercial shop would likely be a poor choice.
--- In SherlineCNC@yahoogroups.com, "ppisczak" <ppisczak@...> wrote:
> Newby here. Just purchased a Sherline CNC Lathe and Mill for our Engineering department. Our Plant Manager is going to have us mount them on a sheet metal table. I think we should reinforce the top in order to minimize vibrations.
> Because of cutting oil, wood would be poor because it would absorb and become a fire hazard. Certain rubbers are susceptible to degradation from the cutting oil. Any thoughts on how to properly mount them or the material on which is best?
> All comment appreciated. - Tx, Phil